A Lunch Out on the Town

We rarely venture out these days. The baby is not too fond of her car seat and Mama here isn’t quite ready to leave her with anyone yet, so when Jeff suggested the other day that we go into town to get some lunch, I immediately had visions of screaming babies and people staring blankly at us, but I pushed those thoughts out of my head and said, “why not- let’s go!” Main street

Ellie was in good spirits so we headed downtown. It was all decked out with holiday garb. Ellie enjoyed all the sights while hanging out in the Ergo.

lights on main

palm tree lightsWe ate at one of my Dad’s favorite little places. Ellie was great. She’s starting to get curious about what mom and dad put in their mouths. We’re having to make sure she doesn’t grab chips off our plates. I’m not ready for that yet though. She’s growing too fast… I can’t even think about solid food for her yet!

natures grill

yum!

she wants someAll in all the lunch outing was a success. It was fun having lunch with my new little family. It’s strange how one little person can cause such differences in the way you do things, like going out for lunch. She’s becoming such a little person already, letting us know her likes and adamantly letting us know her dislikes and observing this fascinating world around her with such intensity these days. A lunch out on the town is just the beginning for this little one.

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The Crockpot Has Saved Dinner!

So having a ten week old makes getting dinner ready very tricky. Since I am home now, I’m trying to get into the habit of making more dinners for the family. Usually Jeff cooks but after work he’s tired and getting dogs walked and getting baby down for the night has pushed dinner further and further into the night, so I have stepped up and the crock pot has literally saved dinner. Baby E loves her Mama and wants to be held by Mama A LOT, so cooking over a hot stove is kind of out. But, throwing a whole bunch of ingredients into a pot and turning it on, filling the house slowly with yummy, warm smells… I could get used to cooking every night! My latest crock pot dinner was such a success I had to share it with you.  It was pretty much just thrown together by the cravings I was having at the time, but  boy did it work!

Dijion Mustard Chicken with Fingerling Potatoes

about four to six boneless chicken breasts

a pound of fingerling potatoes

1/2 cup organic dijion mustard

1 cup organic chicken broth

juice of two lemons

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons dried oregano

Cut up the potatoes into bite size pieces. Mix the mustard, lemon juice, chicken broth and spices together in a bowl, pour over the chicken and potatoes in the crock pot. Turn the crock pot on low for 8 hours. You’ll have a yummy chicken dish to stick into pitas or on top of pasta for days!